“Violence in particular is taboo in Germany’s gaming culture, a holdover from decades of post-World War II soul-searching. In fact, when Parker Brothers tried to introduce Risk there in 1982, the government threatened to ban it on the grounds that it might encourage imperialist and militaristic impulses in the nation’s youth. (The German rules for Risk were hastily rewritten so players could “liberate” their opponents’ territories, and censors let it slide.)”—Wired talks about Settlers of Catan
“The song caused a stir in 2000 when it was set to replay indefinitely on a stereo as 17-year-old Greg Barnes, a survivor of the Columbine High School Massacre, hung himself in the garage of his family’s home.”—
City Guys "Special Episodes" according to Wikipedia
Cassidy dates a college guy who tries to take advantage of her with roofies.
A friend of Jamal’s is killed by a drunk driver.
L-Train’s girlfriend has a drug addiction and she steals from people to get drugs
Jamal fights a gang member who stabs Chris when he steps in to try to stop the fight.
Dawn’s mother has a drinking problem and she later shows up drunk in public.
L-Train discovers he has dyslexia.
When Jamal accuses someone of being a skinhead he finds out he has cancer.
Al works for a guy who turns out to be a drug dealer.
After a visit by his uncle (who was a former Black Panther) Jamal becomes more of a militant black activist. However by the end of the episode he realizes that he was more or less becoming a racist himself and stops.
Jamal tries to rap, and gets dissed by the most popular Lip gloss girl
Al is working for a company that makes toys and he is working in advertisement. He is asked to make an advert for a new toy gun, but after seeing his younger brother and sister playing with them, he has a change of heart.
Jamal confronts his white prom date’s racist father, who opposes Jamal taking her.
“As Perry’s work has gotten more crossover play, establishment critics have been getting less shy about their bafflement at his success, and there’s almost a sense of umbrage hanging in the air. How did black people, described as hipsters through decades of music industry promotion and crackpot theories from the late Norman Mailer, turn out to be such squares? Do they really take this stuff seriously?”—Madea Does America - Reason
So, after 9/11, Americans want so badly to believe that their government is doing something to prevent any more attacks. People are terrified. So Bush hastily develops this restructuring plan. Imagine the biggest government reorganization since the birth of the Department of Defense fifty years ago. 200,000 employees culled from 22 branches — Coast Guard, Secret Service, Immigration, Border Patrol, FBI, etc.
But where did all these people come from? Basically, the heads of all these departments were told, “Send us x employees in order to build this new organization.”
So, what do these leaders do? Do they send over their best and brightest? Or do they send over their laziest, most annoying, most incompetent employees? Of course they do! Why would you want to get rid of the people who are going to make you look good as a boss when you can get rid of the people that are bringing your team down?
See, here’s how the government works: Nobody gets fired. It’s tough to get in, but once you’re there, the only way a boss can get rid of you is sexual/racial harassment or leaking information and other treasonous stuff. So, finally! Here’s a chance to get rid of all those people you hate, but can’t get rid of, because it’s cheaper for the government to employ some asshole for decades than to risk getting sued for wrongful termination.
So, the trouble employees — all the real pieces of shit — get sent over to Homeland Security. Now you know why it’s been such a clusterfuck from Day 1.
”—My friend who works in the intelligence community explains the birth of the Office of Homeland Security to me over fajitas last night.